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Environmental and Natural Resources Law

Native Environmental Sovereignty Project

Examining emerging tribal roles in co-managing lands and resources

The Native Environmental Sovereignty Project explores the intersection of tribal sovereignty with the protection of tribal natural resources. Faculty leaders are Rennard Strickland and Mary Wood.

Native Environmental Sovereignty Project Fellows

AmandaRogersonAmanda Rogerson is in her third year at the University of Oregon School of Law. She grew up on the far northern California coast and received her B.A. in Politics from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. After college, Amanda worked for several nonprofits and completed a M.A. in Global Politics and Intercultural Studies. Amanda is now combining her interest in environmental and cultural rights by studying natural resource law and Indian law at the University of Oregon.  After her 1L year, Amanda completed an externship with the Environmental Information and Protection Center (EPIC) in Arcata, CA., which works to protect and restore ancient forests, watersheds, coastal estuaries, and native species in Northern California.  Last summer, Amanda traveled to Anchorage, Alaska for a summer internship with Trustees for Alaska, a prominent non-profit public interest environmental law firm focusing on major Alaskan-based environmental issues.

ErikaGibsonErika Gibson, a second year law student, is a Staff Editor on the Journal for Environmental Law and Litigation and the co-director of the Native American Law Student Association.  As a fellow, she is interested in the intersection of tribal rights and the development of energy resources.  Erika earned her B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University in 2005.  After graduation, Erika’s interest in policy and the environment has led her to a variety of locations and experiences.   From Washington D.C. interning for a U.S. Senator,  to Washington State restoring salmon habitat for the Department of Ecology, across the international date line to New Zealand volunteering on organic farms, and most recently, and most recently back to her home state of Colorado serving as the Community Program Coordinator for the Governor’s Energy Office.   She is happy to have Oregon as her new home as it shapes her involvement in the environmental field.  Hiking in the Pacific Northwest is a change from the arid West, but, clay shapes best with a little water.her dog Willow.


Summary Sheet

For a full summary of the events and scholarship of the NESP, click here.

Related Curriculum

  • American Indian Policy
  • Federal Indian Law
  • Indigenous People and International Law
  • Native American Cultural Rights and Intellectual Property
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Tribal Courts and Tribal Law
  • Wildlife Law
  • Externships in Indian Law

For a complete list of the ENR curriculum, click here


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